Penn State has a long history of supporting our military and veterans, both on the field through research, and during transition through our numerous highly ranked academic programs. The Smeal MBA program is an integral part of this proud tradition. Each year, veterans and active duty members of our military, join the small, tightly-knit cohort at Smeal to bring their leadership, experience, and determination to the classroom. And each year, our graduates move on to outstanding careers in multiple industries, across the United States. I encourage you to read the stories of our veteran graduates and reach out to me directly so I can connect you. Thank you for your service, and I hope to hear from you soon.

Michael Waldhier
Director of MBA Admissions

Penn State Smeal MBA: BY THE NUMBERS

$105,000 Average Starting Compensation

60 Average Size of FT MBA Class

100 Average Size of Online MBA Class

15% % Students Enrolled who are Veterans

1960 MBA Founding Year

675,000 Number of Active Penn State Alumni


Many military veterans have accelerated their transitions by attending the Penn State University Smeal MBA program. Click their photos to learn more about why they decided to pursue an MBA, how they chose Smeal, and what they’re doing now!

Associate - JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Brad K. Grantz

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Vice President - Citibank

Daniel Farfan

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Vice President, Chief Customer Success Officer, IBM Watson IoT (Brigadier General, 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command) - IBM (U.S. Army Reserve)

Dianne M. Del Rosso

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President of Smeal Military & Veteran Association - Penn State University

Bobby Ettorre

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Smeal MBA Veterans Fellowship 100% Tuition & $7500 Annual Stipend

Merit-Scholarships $10,000 to $25,000

Automatic In-State Tuition Available to All Veterans

Application Fee Waiver $65

Post 9/11 G.I. Bill

Yellow Ribbon Program

GMAT/GRE Exam Waiver for qualified veterans

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Complete the form and select each school below if you are interested in learning more about their program offerings and opportunities. A member of the Smeal College MBA Military Admissions Team will contact you directly.